REFLECTIONS: A New Orleans Queer Style Portrait series

I’ve been working on a portrait series here in New Orleans that will continue to grow, as the diversity with-in our community is endless and boundless.

The amazing Sonny Oram from Qwear has featured my first set of images on their website.

a little queer summer swamp style~

https://qwear.squarespace.com/home/from-reflections-a-new-orleans-queer-style-portrait-series

La Guajira, Colombia :: 2014

I just recently returned from a job I did in La Guajira, Colombia - filming a documentary focusing on the impacts of extractive industry and environmental defender rights. Most of the communities affected are the Wayuu (Indigenous) and Guajiros (afro-Colombian).

I wasnt able to get too many photos since my focus was on filming them, but I have a few to share.

In this image below is a group of mestizos (mixed in heritage of both Wayuu and Guajiro). They sit some evenings watching the sun set , throwing rocks and joking about everyday life struggles on what they call “el cerrito” (the little mountain) in a community called “Las Casitas” -which is being displaced with-in the next year. This community has been here for centuries.
It took us crossing 2 rivers on a 4 x 4 to get there.

Some villages take 7 rivers to cross.

In the distance, that is not a canyon, its Cerrejon, one of the biggest open cast coal mines on earth. And its getting closer by the day to their home.

If any of you have been moved by the images I’ve been sharing, and would like to connect with an organization that is doing some amazing work in La Guajira, Id like to invite you to follow and support: Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu who’s motto is “Defender La Tierra Es Un Acto De Paz” ( Defending the earth is an act of peace).

Id also like to send a huge thank you to the creators and visionaries of the film, and whom you should follow to stay updated on the developments of the film: Jordan Flaherty and Ewa Jasiewicz

“its time to take a long, hard look at ourselves, and how we are managing mother earh, and how our actions, greed and consumption is affecting our brothers and sisters across the world.” -Angelica (One of the leaders in Fuerza de Mujeres Wayouu)

in Community~
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                                             Melisa Cardona

New Shots by my buddy Ryan P. Ward (edits by me) as I get back in front of the camera.

Storytellin’ from both sides of the lenz~

Fun times :)

One of my promo shots for Cry You One made it to APAP’s magazine, cool!

Hojarasca “Sol Nocturno” :: ~Sessions En Vida~

playing with cameras and Colombian friends….

Another one take video I did for my project ~Sessions En Vida~
More mississippi mud filter playing too

The band is Hojarasca Música Andina, they do a fusion of Andean and new wave stuff. Really sweet people and ridiculously talented.

for the rest of the videos under this project visit:

http://www.melisacardona.com/category/videos/sessiones-en-vida

Mardi Gras 2014~

"the secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never loosing your enthusiasm." -Aldous

"You can’t see your reflection in moving water"
…so take a moment, and listen to your soul~
#reflection #swamplay #royalsnapingartist #perception

Cry You One :: Live Performance

"I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore. I want to be magic.” -Charles de Ling

I took this photo I took of the live performance for Cry You One.

Please stay tuned, I believe the show will be touring this summer in the US so stay tuned…